Shkodran Mustafi makes decision on Arsenal future

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi rejected the club's offer of a new deal during the summer, instead choosing to leave when his current contract expires at the end of the season.

According to a report by, the 28-year-old was given the chance to remain at the Emirates Stadium for the foreseeable future after featuring heavily for Mikel Arteta 's side during the tail end of last season.

However, Mustafi decided against committing his future to the club he joined from Valencia in 2016, and is said to be keen on a move to Serie A with his wife's family settled in neighbouring Switzerland.

Arteta revealed in July that he was pleased with the Germany international's contribution amid speculation over the possibility of a new deal.

"That’s something the club has to address but he knows my opinion," he said.

"I’m really happy with him as you can see. The way he’s playing, how committed he is with everything we’re trying to do, the level in his performance ever three or four days, he’s been really consistent."

Mustafi has made 143 appearances for Arsenal during his time in North London, playing more than 12,000 minutes under three different managers.

This season he has played just once, coming on as a substitute during Sunday's home defeat at the hands of Leicester City.

Jamie Vardy found the net with ten minutes of normal time remaining to condemn Arsenal to their third defeat in six league matches, leaving them in the bottom half of the Premier League table.

They welcome Irish outfit Dundalk in their second UEFA Europa League group stage match on Thursday after last week's victory at Rapid Wien.

Defender Rob Holding is sidelined with a hamstring injury while David Luiz is a serious doubt after he was forced off in the early stages of the second half against Leicester.

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